Librivox recording of Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon. Read by Librivox volunteers
First published in 1881, Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon is an adventure novel in two parts by Jules Verne, having a basis in codes and cryptography. Unlike many of his other stories, it is not a work of science fiction. Rather, it describes a voyage down the Amazon River on a large raft, or jangada). Many aspects of the raft, scenery, and journey are described in detail. Summary by not.a.moose, Adapted from wikipedia.
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This is the weakest audio book reading I've run into here on archive.org
In many cases the audio quality is poor and one of the readers does not seem to be a native English speaker. The accent is almost impenetrable.
The story itself is quite tedious (I've only gotten thru the first half) but i can't say it's really been given a fighting chance by the readers.
I realize they are volunteers doing a thankless task, but it's troubling to think that this book is checked off as "done" in the Libravox "to do" list.
Update: In the seven years since I posted my review above, no one else has come to review the work itself, but two people have logged in to complain about my review.
Perhaps the commenters have confused "feedback" with "review." I didn't offer suggestions on how to improve the work as that doesn't help the intended audience of a review: people who are considering listening to this work. They won't be able to act on my suggestions any more than I can.
It is disingenuous of this site to solicit reviews on the work if only praise is allowed or only comments from people who first prove they "can do better." What do we have to show before we're allowed review this?
I'll note another substantial problem I recall (that seems to recur across many librivox titles)... the readers can't agree on how to pronounce the foreign words and character names.
November 6, 2016 Subject:
A short comment on negative reviews
My mum used to say...."If you can't say something constructive.....say nothing at all"
If you can't make it better at least don't make it worse.
NOBODY wants to hear negative without a suggestion about how to improve it.
The negative comment reviewer should try themselves to read aloud to JUST themselves and see how much work it is.
Fine, not every reading and reader is perfect but I've never met ANYONE yet in 71 years who is.
Make allowance or do a better job yourself.
September 18, 2010 Subject:
To do list?
What is this "to do" list of which you speak? ;)
Multiple recordings of books are always welcome. There are some books now with five different versions. Just as the reader chooses what he wants to record, so also the listener can choose which he prefers to hear.
I can't guarantee that there will ever be another version of this particular book, but if someone wants to, they will (as always) be welcomed with open arms.
Oh, and by the way, it isn't a thankless task. We receive many, many thanks in one way or another, and it makes our day! :)